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Published October 04, 2010
Young Adult Author Amy K. Nichols is editor of Liminal Journal, a literary journal for teens. Liminal publishes original and unpublished fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, music reviews, poetry, artwork, comics, photography and short film from artists aged 13-19. Liminal will appear online quarterly with biannual print "best of" issues.

The inaugural issue feature poetry by Tiffany St. John, Nina Kentwortz, Roopa Shankar, Mara Kachina and fiction by Nana Kwame Adjer-Brenyah and Antonia Angress.

Liminal is currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis.
Published September 29, 2010
List Magazine does just what it says - publishes lists. Twice a month, nonfiction lists submitted by "guest experts in science, art, and public spectacle, and other serious persons will be posted." Currently, the first list, from the editor's desk, is "How to Say a Few Words in 10 Languages That Will Soon Be Extinct." A footnote reference states: "The Unesco Interactive Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger maps 232 extinct and 2,465 endangered languages. Half of the world's 6500 to 7000 languages are expected to disappear this century."

This is not silly or superflorus listmaking, but thoughtful and thought provoking, such as the one word entry that will be going up on my office door, "taturaaiiwaatista: 'I am going to tell a story.' Pawnee, a Caddoan language spoken by fewer than ten people in Pawnee County, Oklahoma." And another, "nee'ééstoonéhk bíi3néhk noh héétniini núhu' hee3éihi' ee3eihi': 'If you do that, if you eat it, then you will be the way we are.' Arapaho, a Plains Algonquian language spoken by 200 fluent elders on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, and by students of the language immersion school they founded in 2008," which incites the reader to suddenly make connections with much deeper roots and greater meaning to the contemporary saying - 'You are what you eat.'

List Magazine is edited by Josh Wallaert, poet, fiction writer, and documentary filmmaker, who invites submissions with this limitation: "If you are a non-serious person who trades in fictional lists, such as Rap Lyrics of the 17(90)’s or Heavy Metal Board Games, you may want to send your wares to Mr. Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Timothy keeps a fine collection of that sort."

Otherwise, List Magazine invites submissions of "lists, queries, and other species of correspondence. Lists can be funny, sad, curious, personal historical, whatever you like, but they must be true, and they must be your original work. List Magazine particularly enjoys lists that demonstrate significant research. (Footnotes and links are appropriate.)"

Additionally, contributors agree to publish their lists under the magazine's creative commons license. Nice to see that in use - thanks Josh!
Published September 27, 2010
Editor Jennifer Acker and Poetry Editor John Hennessy head The Common, a biannual print publication from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Inspired by this mission and the role of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common seeks to recapture an old idea. The Common publishes "fiction, essays, poetry, documentary vignettes, and images that embody particular times and places both real and imagined."

The first issue (00), much of which is available online via PDF, features works by Ted Conover, Yehudit Ben-Zvi Heller, Michael Kelly, Honor Moore, Sabina Murray, Mary Jo Salter, Don Share, Jim Shepard, and Marina Tsvetaeva.

The Common is currently accepting submissions for Issue 01. The submission period is September 15-December 1.
Published September 20, 2010
Mason’s Road is an online literary magazine sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing and run by the graduate students of the program. Mason's Road publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, visual art, craft essays, writing exercises, and audio works, and will focus each issue on an aspect of the writing craft. Issues are published twice a year, in July and December, during residencies at Enders Island.

Each genre section opens with a letter from the editors of that genre, each addressing some aspect of their work in the selection process - for fiction, a discussion of voice; for creative nonfiction, touching on elusive qualities; for poetry, a litany of poetic voices - raw, fresh, metaphysical, familiar; and for drama, an interest in screenplay writing with an exclusive interview with Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist and screenwriter William Kennedy exploring "the hybrid and challenging form of the screenplay."

Mason's Road also includes a Radio Drama Cliff Hanger challenge in their drama section: "Your challenge – to pick up the story from this opening episode of our radio drama, or write the opening of a new radio drama. Whether the continuation of this script or a new one, it must be of true literary quality, entertaining, and provide another cliff-hanger ending...The Mason’s Road Players will produce the winning submission."

This inaugural issue features fiction by Sandra Derrick, Laura Maylene Walter, Emily Davis Watson, Monet Moutrie, Mark Powell, Joel Kopplin; creative nonfiction by Brianna L. McPherson, Lia Purpura, Mary-Kathryn Bywaters, Michael Kortlander, Brandi Dawn Henderson; poetry by Lucas A. Gerber, Jeremy Francis Morris, Gladys L. Henderson, Jonathan Austin Peacock, Meredith Noseworthy, George Wallace, Robert Atwan, Julie E. Bloemeke, Shawnte Orion, Jason Michael MacLeod, Rhina P. Espaillat, J. Angelique LePetit, Paul Freidinger, Charlene Langfur, and Tim Hunt; artwork by Tinnetta Bell; and a conversation with Michael White on Voice/Persona.

Mason's Road is accepting fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama (stage or screen), art, craft essays, and audio drama from both emerging and established writers and artists for Issue #2 until Nov. 1, 2010. The issue will focus on strong settings – pieces that evoke a particular place or time.

Mason’s Road will award a $500 prize to the best piece of creative writing published in the first two issues of the journal.
Published September 08, 2010
Based out of The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Rubric is "an online interdisciplinary journal centred around the ideas of text and writing." Previously only open to UNSW students, the new incarnation of Rubric is open to local and international work in all areas of creative writing and writing theory. The editorial team includes Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau, Kylar Loussikian, Ralph Stevenson, and Tanya Thaweeskulchai.

Rubric is a peer reviewed journal supported by the editorial board of Pam Brown (Associate Editor, Jacket Magazine), Paul Dawson (University of New South Wales), John Hawke (Monash University), Cate Kennedy (joining in 2011), Elizabeth McMahon (University of New South Wales), Stephen Muecke (University of New South Wales), Gordon Thompson (Victoria University, Melbourne), John Tranter (Editor, Jacket Magazine), and Alan Wearne (University of Wollongong).

This first issue of the new Rubric includes works by Alexandra Duggan, Amelia Streets, Kathleen Stewart, Narelle Goulden, Ralph Stevenson, Sam McAlpine, Shane Lee, Sylvia Petter, and Tamryn Bennet, whose graphic poem is llustrated by Skye O’Shea.

Rubric accepts works of poetry, prose, ficto-criticism, new media, and non-fiction, including short academic papers dealing with topics related to text and writing. Submissions are accepted from undergraduate, graduate, and academic sources and are peer reviewed by the appropriate member of Rubric's editorial board. The next deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010.
Published September 07, 2010
Under the superior editorship of Amy King and Ana Bozicevic, ESQUE is a newly launched online journal. The first issue features work by poets loosely grouped under the categories of OETRY ("the kitchen sink") and IFESTO ("everything but").

OETRY includes "the texts of poets' native turf: poems, prose poems, verse-fragments, visual po-work." Contributors to this first issue are Charles Bernstein, Bei Dao, Tamiko Beyer, Jackie Clark, Amy De'Ath, Lidija Dimkovska, Kate Durbin, Steven Karl, Natalie Lyalin, Filip Marinovich, Sharon Mesmer, Miguel Murphy, Ariana Reines, Saeed Jones, Tomaz Salamun, Evie Shockley, Heidi Lynn Staples, Leigh Stein, Cole Swensen, John Tranter, and Matvei Yankelevich.

IFESTO is "a field for poets to lucidly engage beyond their poetry. It may include: manifestos, rants, theoretical or personal essays, half-formed statements of poetics, travelogues, music or literary or art critiques, a recurring dream." Contributors to this first issue are Jennifer Bartlett, Jillian Brall, Ching-In Chen, Ken Chen, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Jennifer H, Fortin, Molly Gaudry, Roxane Gay, Matt Hart, Brenda Hillman, Dan Hoy, Ron Padgett & Olivier Brossard, Lars Palm, Joan Retallack, Brandon Shimoda, Anne Waldman, Franz Wright, and Carolyn Zaikowski.

ESQUE is a flash site, so allow a minute for the full content to load. Individual author's works are available to print via PDF.
Published September 03, 2010
Scribe: A Journal of Writing Perspectives and Pedagogy in Two-Year Colleges is up an running!

The editors are looking for essays to be published in the first issue, coming out in December. If you are interested, please send your submissions to twoyeardigest-at-live-dot-com.

Submission Guidelines

• Submissions should be 500 to 4,000 words in length.

• All pages should be double-spaced and in current MLA format.

• The review process is blind. Please submit a cover page with your submission that includes the title, date of submission, your name, school or organization, and contact information.

• Include a biography that is 100 words or fewer.

• Manuscripts submitted to the Journal must be original and unpublished work of the author(s) and must not be under consideration by other publications.

• It is the author's responsibility to obtain any necessary written permission for use of copyrighted material contained within the article.

•Send submissions and questions to twoyeardigest-at-live-dot-com. In the subject line, please put SUBMISSION. The deadline is Oct. 15, 2010.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Pedagogy
• Technology in the Classroom
• Students, including the needs of the new generation
• Revamping Programs and Courses, including creating an AFA program
• Tenure and Unions
• Challenges and Successes, including personal experiences
• Assignments and Activities
• Basic Writing vs. Academic Writing
• Applying Writing to Other Majors
Published August 30, 2010
Editors Gregory Sherl (poet and author of The Oregon Trail Is the Oregon Trail, a novella in verse forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press in 2012) and KMA Sullivan (MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Tech) are the energy behind newly launched Vinyl Poetry online.

The inaugural issue of Vinyl features works by JoAnn Balingit, Kristy Bowen, Melissa Broder, Andrea Cohen, Sasha Fletcher, Matt Hart, Thomas Patrick Levy, Rob MacDonald, Adrian Matejka, Ben Mirov, Sam Pink, Anne Marie Rooney, Nate Slawson, Joseph Young, and Franz Wright.

An additional feature titled Grocery Lists is the result of asking three writers for a handwritten grocery list. What Vinyl got: "One [Julianna Baggott] offers a personal essay. One [Jeff Mann] puts together an end-of-life fantasy to do list. One [Bob Hicok] sends in a handwritten list with some items that are hard to locate – like a better serve for his tennis game."

Vinyl currently publishes works by solicitation only. According to the editors: "We’re constantly trolling the online mags for poets we’re excited about. We’re interested in fostering the already thriving online community of poets and writers. But since we are writers ourselves, we just don’t have time to go through a mass of submissions."

Still, if you are a published poet, they encourage you to send an email with links to your poetry online. They'll take a look, and if your work makes them "tingle," they'll ask you for some new stuff.
Published August 24, 2010
Editors Harry Calhoun, the publisher of the '80s underground magazine Pig in a Poke, and Trina Allen, have resurrected Pig in a Poke, "The New Porker," now available online.

In it's former life (dare I say hay-day?) "The Pig" featured work by Charles Bukowski, Jim Daniels, Louis McKee, Lyn Lifshin, Judson Crews and many more. And now hopes to find "writers with passion — poets, storytellers, essayists and others." Calhoun will oversee the poems and literary essays, while Allen will select the fiction.

The re-inagural issue features Poetry by Jim Daniels, Louis McKee, Lyn Lifshin, Howie Good, Christopher Cunningham, William Doreski, David Barker, Carol Lynn Grellas, Robin Stratton, Alan Catlin, Karla Huston, Corey Mesler, Donal Mahoney, Shirley Allard; Fiction by Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Daniel Davis, Anne Woodman, Burgess Needle, Marjorie Petesch, Ginny Swart, James Neenan; and Essays by Anne Woodman and Heller Levenson.

A second issue went live in July, and Pig and a Poke is accepting submissions for an October issue, deadline September 15. Submissions are open year-round for upcoming issues.
Published August 23, 2010
Literary Laundry is a biannual online/annual print literary journal of poetry, prose, drama and editorial reviews. Literary Laundry was established "to promote the literature we crave: masterful writing that can hold discourse with great literary and intellectual traditions while still engaging the complexities of our world today. Literary Laundry recognizes the obscure (and at times glib) character of much currently published creative writing. Many potential readers approach the world of contemporary fiction only to abandon it, overwhelmed and discouraged. We regard this trend as a problem and have created Literary Laundry in order to fix it."

Seeing to this mission are Executive Editors Jonathan Canel (poetry and drama), Samuel Chiu (poetry), Corey Tazzara (prose fiction,; Justin Brooke (prose fiction and drama), Giulio Gratta (webmaster); and Associate Editors Alyssa Martin (prose fiction), David Chang (poetry), Molly Pam (drama), Craig Harbick (prose fiction), Lydia Lindenberg (prose fiction), Grzegorz Robak (prose fiction), Dean Schaffer (prose fiction), Ben Seitelman (prose fiction).

Each issue of Literary Laundry is also accompanied by a writing competition. All pieces submitted for review will be entered into consideration for Awards of Distinction and cash awards.

The inaugural issue includes poetry by Lydia Lindenberg, Dana Isokawa (undergraduate award), Amanda Auerbach, Jessica Lynn Wickman, Hannah Dow, D. Gilson, Wendy Xu, Edward Church, Matt Wimberley, and Tej Patel, and fiction by Kelly Swope (undergraduate award), Sydney Langway, Len Kuntz, Matt Popkin, and Samantha Toh, and drama by Erin E. McGuff and Carly Augenstein (undergraduate award).

Submissions are now open for the next issue - deadline December 1.

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